37: Abruzzo 2000 Tour July 24 - August 7

Posted by Rosemary Allen on 09/12/00 at 9:28 PM
Subject: Abruzzo 2000 Tour July 24 - August 7

After much wavering I decided to go on the Abruzzo 2000 tour for two weeks this summer. I feel so lucky that I did. My intent was to walk in the footsteps and pathways of my grandparents. I wanted to see the land that they talked about and I wanted to see for myself what they dearly missed. How could anyplace be that wonderful? Well, it is just that wonderful. I have been to Italy and Europe many times, but this two week immersion in the Abruzzo region, it's culture, history and beautiful mountainous landscape exceeded all of my expectations. Abruzzo took my breath away.

We touched many villages and towns in the Pescara, Chieti, L"Aquila, Teramo provinces of Abruzzo. Everyplace we visited we were made to feel special and so very welcome by guides and dignitaries alike. We had great experiences in museums, churches, castles and clouds. Yes,.... clouds...... as sometimes we went to the very top of a mountain to get to a medieval walled town. We had lectures and were given information on each and every place we visited. Every detail was meticulously taken care of. We had wonderful lunches in quaint places. We had a great hotel to come home to with exceptional regional dinners, most evenings, in it's rooftop (just like a movie set) restaurant.

This tour with it's well thought out plunge into our Abruzzo was put together by members of the Badia family. I am very sure that we met every member including the newest baby. Everybody pitched in. Even good friends, who came to entertain us with music. The warmth, caring and sincere friendship of this family saw to our comfort and well-being every inch of the way.

Genealogy was part of the intent of many tour members and they were helped to find the villages of relatives with the help of the Badias. Subsequently many family names were put into place. There were also many face to face reunions. This part of the trip was a big success.

I can't say enough about this tour. I would do it again in a minute. In fact,
if they are still going....... next Christmas.............. I may give myself another gift.

Rosemary Allen

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